It was an absolute debacle last night for the Baltimore Ravens, a complete implosion, an ugly display of football unmatched in the John Harbaugh era.
With all eyes on the Ravens in front of a nationally televised audience, the offense appeared completely flat and uncertain of what to do throughout the entire game. The offense set a franchise record last night, netting just 16 yards of total offense in the first half. They didn’t even gain a first down until late in the third quarter.
Had it not been for a five-yard touchdown strike from Joe Flacco to Anquan Boldin with 2:02 remaining in the game, the Ravens would have been shutout all
together. The last time the Ravens were shutout was in 2002, when the eventual Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers blanked the Ravens 25-0.
The Ravens (4-2) fell to a struggling Jacksonville (2-5) squad that entered the game on a five-game losing streak.
The Ravens mustered up just 146 yards of total offense, 42 yards shy of the team’s all-time single-game mark for fewest yards gained.
Flacco, who appeared to be dazed and confused by a relentless Jaguars’ defense completed 21 of 38 passes for just 137 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The Ravens managed to lose the game despite a defense that limited the Jaguars to four Josh Scobee field goals, which was all the scoring the Jaguars would need to prevail in this one.
Baltimore blew a golden opportunity to extend their lead in the AFC North and now trail the Pittsburgh Steelers by 1/2 game. However, the Ravens do own the tiebreaker, and the two teams are set to meet week nine for a rematch of week one’s Ravens 35-7 victory. But performances like last night’s, just won’t cut for the Ravens going forward.
For this team to ultimately get where they want to go, things have to start and end with Ray Rice carrying the offensive load. Rice, the focal point of the Ravens offense, struggled carrying the ball just eight times for a season-low 28 yards, while coughing up his first fumble of the season.
Rice’s lost fumble in the first quarter marked his first in 522 touches in the regular season, snapping the longest streak in the league.
Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs criticized offensive coordinator Cam Cameron because of Rice’s lack of involvement, and said the team cannot afford another setback.
“I don’t like to lose,” Suggs said. “We let one get away. Whatever happens from here on out is our own fault. So, if we don’t get a first round bye, it’s our own fault.”
Now, the Ravens look to bounce back next Sunday at home, as they welcome the struggling (1-5) Arizona Cardinals to M&T Bank Stadium.